The National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDMA) is on the move. Since the launching of operation bulldozer, the Agency has also stepped up efforts to ensure that drugs and drug peddlers have no room in our society.More arrests have been made and even though it appears drug peddlers are changing tactics, the narcotics agency has shown them that they can run but they can never hide.
What is however disheartening is that despite all efforts by the government to ensure that the country becomes drug free, some youths are still actively engaged in this nefarious trade. Almost all those nabbed by the NDEA are youths and recently the Agency revealed that some 300 young people are in their custody for being in position of illicit drugs.
Of course no tangible reason can be advanced for this because it is self-evident that the leadership has opened many windows of opportunities for the youths as well as creating the enabling environment for them to acquire skills and be in the vanguard in national development.
We therefore wish to once again commend the NDEA for ensuring that those unscrupulous people dealing in illicit drugs are tracked, nabbed and punished. The recent high wave of arrests of suspected drug peddlers regardless of their change of tactics, like loading illicit drugs on animal-drawn carts, would no doubt send a message to the world that the Gambian authorities are effectively combating illicit drug-trafficking.
No one needs to be reminded that illicit drugs and drug-trafficking do not bode well for any country. We all know that drug-ridden states have high crime rates and are often characterised by underdevelopment. A country like The Gambia that has achieved so much in a few years in the area of socio-economic development will never allow undesirable drug dealers to gain a foothold in the country, and thereby pollute its society.
Everyone should therefore be vigilant, and complement the efforts of the NDEA in making this country drug-free. Reporting any suspicious activity within our vicinity to the concerned authorities, distancing ourselves from dealing in illicit drugs and living up to our moral values as decent Gambians will aid greatly in that respect.